Royal BC Museum
Royal BC Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Explore the history of British Columbia from the dinosaurs that once roamed our province, to the forest creatures that still share our home. Experience authentic specimens and highly realistic settings – from the Woolly Mammoth in his rocky, icy world to the diverse sea life in our ocean station. Visit our blockbuster feature exhibitions including SUE: The T. rex Experience and Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • eur0star
    450 contributions
    This museum always pleases
    This is a great museum with a primary focus on British Columbia as a region and its environment. The displays are well-researched and well-presented. It is a great spot for children of all ages over the age of 7 or 8. There is plenty of good information for adults.....it is primarily geared to adults and near-adults. The displays change over time and special exhibits are common so no matter how many times you have visited, each visit is new. The IMAX theater is adjacent. I recently viewed three nature films one afternoon and enjoyed all three. IT is a great place to hand out if the weather is inclement and i hear their popcorn is top quality too.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 21, 2023
  • Ari H
    Newton, Massachusetts1 contribution
    Worth a visit
    Everyone told me I needed to visit the Royal BC Museum. They didn't specify why, just that they had strong memories from it and I should go. So, I went. I paid the adult admission fee. I knew from recent reviewers on here that some permanent exhibits were closed due to construction. Still, I spent about 90 minutes in the museum. I especially enjoyed learning about BC natural history, dinosaurs, and the traveling exhibit about Angkor.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 15, 2023
  • dunmar9
    Brisbane, Australia137 contributions
    An excellent museum
    An excellent family friendly museum with great features on dinosaurs It is easily accessible and we enjoyed watching the IMAX movies - Wings and Anchor. Entry costs are reasonable and they have 2 cafes and plenty of toilets. Would recommend this museum to families and adults with an interest in dinosaurs and the history of Victoria
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 18, 2023
  • BarbaraMD59
    Williamsburg, Virginia269 contributions
    Outstanding Museum
    My husband and I had been to this museum about 20 years ago and we were so impressed with it then that we had always wanted to see it again. We were not disappointed this time either. The museum is outstanding with very interesting displays of all aspects of British Columbia.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 8, 2023
  • hazban
    Keswick, United Kingdom141 contributions
    As a visitor would have liked more local information.
    It is without doubt a very impressive building and they make the most of the display areas. However we were just a little disappointed not to learn too much about local history of the area. Great and we impressed by the artefacts from Cambodia and the Dinosaur exhibit. Appreciate that to keep local visitors engaged, and returning, by changing the displays it dilutes the experience for visitors. However I would still recommend a visit, if only to the excellent Museum Shop.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • marfak
    Half Moon Bay, California1,128 contributions
    A Fabulous Museum with a Heavy Local Emphasis
    This is a well thought-out museum that focuses on BC and Vancouver Island. Dinosaurs, geological history, flora and fauna are all covered. There was an exhibit on dinosaurs in BC. The two special exhibits were fascinating: Angkor and T-Rex. Highly recommended.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Jan206
    Seattle, Washington140 contributions
    Our Favorite Museum in Victoria, B.C.
    This BC Museum is a favorite stop whenever we are in Victoria. The two current shows close on Jan. 7, and Jan. 14th, 2024. Both are worth a visit. SUE: the T. Rex Experience and the accompanying dinosaur information is interesting, especially for kids into dinos. We also liked the Angkor, Cambodia exhibit and recommend viewing the IMAX movie first as it puts the artifacts in better perspective. Unfortunately, some of the permanent exhibits are not on display because the Museum is updating the existing space. The gift shop, which is accessible without admission, has beautiful merchandise for sale, including First Nation designed items. There also are several authentic totem poles, both inside and outside, to check out.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Amnon M C
    Tel Aviv, Israel62 contributions
    A Must Se in Victoria BC Canada
    Real fine Museum to visit, near the center of Victoria at its old city and its Parliament Buildings plus Harbor, an half a day of getting to know the original and heritage of the Province of British Columbia. Very busy and popular area for global visitors. A must visit if you are on the island and in the city.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
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Josephliyen
Calgary, Canada818 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
I came to the museum many years ago as a kid, but this most recent visit reminded me why I never go back. The Imax screen is the best screen on the island and shows a lot of nice documentaries. It might as well be a dedicated movie theater. The rest of the museum is a joke. It's old, small and don't have much going on. The dinosaur and nature section on the second floor is tiny, while most of the third floor is dedicated to bc history dioramas that are half closed because apparently they are ashamed of their own heritage, something to do with first nations. I don't know because the entire display is empty with some boards saying how insensitive their displays were. There is a whole exhibit hall that is just completely empty as well. I've never seen a museum this bad.

I am comparing this museum not to the world renowned ones like natural history or British. This museum is a complete disappointment compared to the Royal Tyrell in Alberta, or the War Museum and Royal Ontario in the east. Considering this is supposed to be BC's flagship museum is just so disappointing. Couple years ago the government even wanted to spend $1 Billion just to upkeep the existing museum as is.

Do not waste your time going to the museum proper. If you are visiting Victoria and spending time in inner harbor, consider a couple Imax documentaries as a family and your trip will be sufficient.
Written February 21, 2024
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Amnon M C
Tel Aviv, Israel62 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Real fine Museum to visit, near the center of Victoria at its old city and its Parliament Buildings plus Harbor, an half a day of getting to know the original and heritage of the Province of British Columbia.
Very busy and popular area for global visitors.

A must visit if you are on the island and in the city.
Written February 19, 2024
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Resort05028340462
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
Very disappointing. Most of the exhibits are closed or radically changed from their previous state. It is now a very short visit with only the natural history and half of the old town to relly see.
Written February 3, 2024
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Jan206
Seattle, WA140 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
This BC Museum is a favorite stop whenever we are in Victoria. The two current shows close on Jan. 7, and Jan. 14th, 2024. Both are worth a visit. SUE: the T. Rex Experience and the accompanying dinosaur information is interesting, especially for kids into dinos. We also liked the Angkor, Cambodia exhibit and recommend viewing the IMAX movie first as it puts the artifacts in better perspective. Unfortunately, some of the permanent exhibits are not on display because the Museum is updating the existing space. The gift shop, which is accessible without admission, has beautiful merchandise for sale, including First Nation designed items. There also are several authentic totem poles, both inside and outside, to check out.
Written January 2, 2024
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Gardiner W
Vancouver, Canada416 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Went especially to see the Angkor exhibition...beautiful pieces from the fabled temple complex in southeast Asia (Cambodia). Try and also see the accompanying IMAX Angkor presentation for a broader perspective on this world heritage site.
Written November 21, 2023
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Samuel B
Norwich, UK59 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Really enjoyed my visit to the Royal BC museum today, it provided a few hours of entertainment on a really wet day in Victoria!
Written October 25, 2023
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colm12342017
Toronto, Canada30 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Do some research before you visit! I’m not from Victoria and wasn’t aware the museum had closed almost all its exhibits relating to BC history. I was expecting to see informative exhibitions relating to indigenous cultures and more recent history, but all this has been closed now. This leaves dinosaur stuff, an exhibition about Angkor watt and some other things - very odd to have an exhibition about Cambodian history but nothing about BC history! Might still be worth a visit but they don’t clearly tell you how much of the museum has been closed when you purchase tickets so was a shock to me
Written October 17, 2023
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Try2TravelSustainably
Hamilton, Canada277 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
This museum was very well done and easy to navigate. Some unique displays. One floor was closed in May but it should be open now. There is also an Imax theatre here.
Written October 15, 2023
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Bob P
Albany, OR72 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a nice small museum. They have a very interesting exhibit on the Khmer civilization of Cambodia.
Written October 12, 2023
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Tacky_tourist_1979
Edmonton, Canada231 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The museum has great exhibits and beautiful set ups! Current exhibit is Angkor, The Lost Empire of Cambodia has amazing pieces. The dinosaurs are always a treat to see.
Written October 6, 2023
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